Meaning and name origin
Sam \sam\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Sam). Nickname of Samuel or Samson, sometimes used as an independent name. "Uncle Sam" has been the personal face of the American government for over a century. Playwright Sam Shepard; actor Sam Waterson; singer Sammy Davis, Jr
Sam is a very popular first name for males (#192 out of 1220, Top 16%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4017 out of 88799, Top 5%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Sam for boys. Sam reached its highest rank of #34 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Sam and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Samuel (#23), Sam (#533), Samson (#628), Sammie and Sammy. (2014 statistics).